JaVale McGee Throws Oop Off the Backboard to Himself (VIDEO)

by January 24, 2013

The JaVale McGee Experience continues to be very, very awesome. McGee and his coach George Karl—who continues to pray against all hope to get his young center under control—had vastly different reactions to the stunning play. Per the Denver Post: “When I threw it, I was thinking dunk,’ McGee said. ‘I thought if I didn’t dunk it, I was going to get taken out of the game.’ Indeed, he caught it with just his right hand and unleashed a mammoth one-hand slam. And he stayed in the game. The dunk gave Denver an 80-64 lead in the final minute of the third quarter, perhaps Denver’s best quarter of the season. The Nuggets led just 46-44 at the half, but outscored the home team 36-22 in the decisive quarter, one in which Denver shot 61.9 percent and McGee scored six points (for the record, McGee was not awarded an assist for himself, nor a missed shot for the toss to the backboard). And McGee, because he’s McGee, made a silly mustache motion with his index finger across his face after the slam — sure enough, McGee has a mini tattoo of a handlebar stache on his finger. ‘That dunk doesn’t fall under the fundamental area of basketball, but in the same sense, it worked, and I’m glad it worked,’ said Denver coach George Karl, who won his 1,100th game. ‘I hope he doesn’t try it a lot in the future. But I’m glad it worked. I’m glad it’ll be on SportsCenter, and we’ll probably see it a lot more in the next couple days.'”